Harvest Moon By Day

Path Through Fallen Tree

When I look down I face the harvest moon
Although I see the earth in morning light.
The sun climbs on my back until it’s noon.
Dead trees lie on the ground, rebirth in sight.
The harvest moon, bright round, will shine tonight.
The woodland path unwinds me here and there
Then stops as cautious deer run off somewhere.


Text: The form of this poem is Chaucerian stanza or rime royal using iambic pentameter with rhyme pattern ababbcc. I plan to use this form on Thursday for the dVerse Form for All.

Photos: “Path Through Fallen Tree”, above, and “More or Less Facing the Harvest Moon”, below, by the author. Linked to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge with theme “Under the Harvest Moon” and trablogger’s Mundane Monday.  I took all photos at Somme Woods Forest Preserve in Northbrook, Illinois, around the time of the harvest moon.

More or Less Facing the Harvest Moon
More or Less Facing the Harvest Moon

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

54 thoughts on “Harvest Moon By Day”

    1. It was raining during the peak of the harvest moon for me as well. I see the full moon period as six days long when the moon enters the earth’s magnetotail, rain or shine. That process supposedly affects the moon and maybe us as well. Thanks, Kim!

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      1. That’s my problem, too. Although I do have a good long exposure setting I could use, it’s a good solid tripod I still need to acquire, my mini one is a little too unsteady. I am tempted to try one of those flexible, universal grip things, I’ve seen a few good reviews of those.

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        1. I hear long exposures and a tripod are critical for night photography. One day I might get a real camera and justify the expense of a tripod. Right now I like being able to carry everything in my pocket. The universal grip tripod might work for my phone.

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        2. Oh yes, I am also renowned (possibly to strong a word?) for only using my phone camera, as I don’t own a camera or computer.
          I have done a few experiments with night photography/light painting and got some pretty good results, so I think a solid tripod is a fair investment.

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        3. I didn’t know you only used your phone and that you don’t have a computer! I am impressed with what you are doing without those. I can barely type on my phone and it is a larger Samsung Note 4. I was looking for a tripod for it two years ago but it was too large for what was available at that time. These modern phones are pretty good for the photos most people want to take and they are easy to carry around.

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        4. I have four (five, maybe?) blogs and a YouTube channel, plus goodness knows how many social media accounts, oh, and a published novel; all without ever having owned or used a computer for any of it.

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    1. Thank you! I was surprised to see those stumps on the trail. The people maintaining that part of the forest preserve mark the trails with dead branches and so using stumps makes sense. Still the trail sometimes disappears.

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    1. That unwinding and stopping is what I felt actually happened. When I disturbed the deer I felt it was time to turn around because the trail ahead was not as clear and I didn’t want to get lost. Thanks, Peter!

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    1. Thank you, Charlie! I have read at one poetry event for the Illinois State Poetry Society and there will be another at the end of the month. I enjoyed doing it as well as making these recordings. It is a final way for me to make sure the poem sounds the way I want it to before posting it.

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